Naval Air Force Atlantic to commemorate 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway on June 2

Posted at 12:06 PM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 12:06:30-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A commemoration ceremony will be held June 2 in remembrance of the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Navy Aviation Memorial Monument at 25th and Atlantic in Virginia Beach.


Navy Aviation Memorial Monument (Courtesy:

The guest speaker will be noted World War II historian Laura Orr, Deputy Education Director of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk. She is presently writing a book about World War II dive bomber pilot Captain Jack “Dusty” Kleiss, the last living member of the USS Enterprise’s (CV-6) Scouting Squadron 6. She will speak about the Battle of Midway through his eyes.

The ceremony will also feature Sailors from NAS Oceana laying a commemorative wreath followed by a bugler playing Taps.

The event will also feature a fly over by two F/A-18E “Super Hornet” aircraft from Strike Fighter Squadron 81 (VFA 81), the “Sunliners”, followed by a solo fly over of a World War II vintage T-6 Texan.

The Battle of Midway celebrates our warfighting heritage and commemorates the momentous U.S. Navy victory of the World War II battle which changed the tide of the war in the Pacific and the course of world history.